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Did Shakespeare write his plays? - Natalya St. Clair and Aaron Williams

Did Shakespeare write his plays? - Natalya St. Clair and Aaron Williams | English Language Arts Resources | Scoop.it
Some people question whether Shakespeare really wrote the works that bear his name – or whether he even existed at all. Could it be true that the greatest writer in the English language was a
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15 Tips and Tools for Teaching Grammar | Edudemic

15 Tips and Tools for Teaching Grammar | Edudemic | English Language Arts Resources | Scoop.it
Here are a few ideas and resources that can help you make one of the most dreaded classroom subjects one that students actually look forward to.
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The Writing Assignment That Changes Lives

The Writing Assignment That Changes Lives | English Language Arts Resources | Scoop.it
Goal-setting closed achievement gaps in a recent experiment. The key element? Students put their thoughts in writing.
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Thanks to Megan Miller for the link to this great article.

 

When we look at the most effective ways to improved academic, social, and personal development for students, we find that the process that promote metacognition/reflection are highly effective.

 

Writing can be a powerful tool to access the thoughts and feelings of which we are not completely aware, but that affect our mood and choices. Writing exercises can help with goal setting (and thereby the feeling of accomplishment when we reach them), expression, and contemplation of what we enjoy and what we want to focus on changing.

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Thanks to Megan Miller for the link to this great article.

 

When we look at the most effective ways to improved academic, social, and personal development for students, we find that the process that promote metacognition/reflection are highly effective.

 

Writing can be a powerful tool to access the thoughts and feelings of which we are not completely aware, but that affect our mood and choices. Writing exercises can help with goal setting (and thereby the feeling of accomplishment when we reach them), expression, and contemplation of what we enjoy and what we want to focus on changing.

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How to Incorporate Digital Storytelling to Empower Student Voice

How to Incorporate Digital Storytelling to Empower Student Voice | English Language Arts Resources | Scoop.it

Digital storytelling as a way to give students an opportunity to use their voices is a phenomenal idea, Rusul. I remember the days of sitting at the feet of my elders to hear their stories. It is wonderful to know the power of storytelling lives on - even in a digital age.

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The Distracted Generation Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

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The Distracted Generation Infographic: Tools and Tips to Get Children Refocused!

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Reading for pleasure calms the mind and builds ELA skills like vocabulary, imagination, and syntax.

Paper has a different effect than tablets but I agree with much of the infographic.

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"show your children from an early age that reading is fun!"

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Should We Be Teaching Grammar?

Should We Be Teaching Grammar? | English Language Arts Resources | Scoop.it

Why Today is National Grammar Day, and I've been thinking a lot lately about what grammar is and why we study it. Last week in the Atlantic, Michelle Navarre Cleary wrote that we should do away with diagramming sentences and other explicit grammar instru...

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Why grammar lessons still have a place in modern English classes.   I read that article in the Atlantic last month and it also had some very interesting points.   Should be a good (and eternal) debate.

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Fokus - Help students focus on one section of text with this extension

Fokus - Help students focus on one section of text with this extension | English Language Arts Resources | Scoop.it
Emphasized text-highlighting
Fokus emphasizes anything you select by covering the rest of the page with a semi-transparent black overlay. You can try it out here http://lab.hakim.se/fokus/ before installing. The plugin comes with a few options that can be accessed from Chrome's extension listing page. This allows you to: - Adjust overlay opacity - Specify a modifier key shift/ctrl/alt/cmd which must be held down to active the overlay - Adjust the padding around selection
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Having trouble focusing on the page while reading?   Check out this cool app that is also available as a Chrome Extension.

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Five Reasons Why We Need Poetry in Schools

Five Reasons Why We Need Poetry in Schools | English Language Arts Resources | Scoop.it
Let me start with this: We need poetry. We really do. Poetry promotes literacy, builds community, and fosters emotional resilience. It can cross boundaries that little else can. April is Nationa
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Poetry is for the love of language and we can teach it that way.   Let's get our kids excited about creative and contemplative expression.  Thinking differently about langage and the capacity to explore different approaches will help them in every aspect of their learning and it can all start with a sonnet, a haiku, and a limerick!

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Canadian Education Committee wants to ban talking animals from childrens books | This is That with Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring | CBC Radio

Canadian Education Committee wants to ban talking animals from childrens books | This is That with Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring | CBC Radio | English Language Arts Resources | Scoop.it
The newly appointed Chair of the Canadian Education Committee raised a few eyebrows this week by announcing that he would like to see all books with talking animals removed from Canadian schools.  
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Controversial new legislation from leaders in Canadian education policy.   What do you think?  This is time to think critically about how we learn and the information we use to judge our directions in pedagogy.  

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Ira Glass on Storytelling, part 1 of 4 - YouTube

Ira Glass of "This American Life" talks about the building blocks of a great story. http://www.pri.org/this-american-life.html Video courtesy of Current TV h...
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Shakespeare for Kids | My Little Poppies

Shakespeare for Kids | My Little Poppies | English Language Arts Resources | Scoop.it
Shakespeare for Kids: Who says you have to wait until high school? Here are some resources, books, DVDs, and activities for children!
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10 Verbs That Are Contronyms

10 Verbs That Are Contronyms | English Language Arts Resources | Scoop.it
Have you ever encountered a word and learned that it meant the opposite of what you remembered? If so, you may have come across a contronym.
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How to use a semicolon - Emma Bryce - YouTube

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-to-use-a-semicolon-emma-bryce It may seem like the semicolon is struggling with an identity crisis. It looks ...
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I like cartoons and punctuation; they help me know when to use semicolons.

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I like cartoons and punctuation; they help me know when to use semicolons.

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'Ogooglebar' ... and 14 Other Swedish Words We Should Incorporate Into English Immediately

'Ogooglebar' ... and 14 Other Swedish Words We Should Incorporate Into English Immediately | English Language Arts Resources | Scoop.it
Köttrymd
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In a world of ever increasing LOLs and OMGs, this is how languages evolves and precision of meaning is sharpened.

 

HAHAHA, Köttrymd.


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Fewer vs Less - YouTube

A short video describing the difference between "fewer" and "less."
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Simple grammar that we all need to focus on.   Small difference that can make a significant impression in oral and written communication.

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Common Core, Critical Thinking and Aesop's Fables

Common Core, Critical Thinking and Aesop's Fables | English Language Arts Resources | Scoop.it
Critical thinking is the means by which we objectively analyze the pros and cons of a situation in order to make informed decisions. It is a fundamental skill that is of such importance that many col
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Cool resource for the Storytelling unit and for any(every)one who reads Aesop to their kids. 

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Cool resource for the Storytelling unit and for any(every)one who reads Aesop to their kids. 

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Why Teaching Poetry Is So Important

Why Teaching Poetry Is So Important | English Language Arts Resources | Scoop.it
The oft-neglected literary form can help students learn in ways that prose can't.
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When I told my student the new unit was on Poetry the collective thunk of heads colliding with tables and hands and (mis)preconceptions was excruciating for me as a teacher.   What has happened to make young people, children raised on Seuss and nursery rhyme, go limp and moan at the mention of Haiku or the intimation of a Limerick?


Poetry should excite and crackle with excitement, tension, passion, and sadness.   It should be deeply personal in writing and as one derives meaning.   That is what my class is all about.   Ask the kids what they think about poetry now and the thunk you hear may be the sound of feet hitting the floor as Noah jumps to his feet to recite in ominous tones "Jabberwocky" or Lily's metronomic pacing as she recounts "The Owl and the Pussycat" by heart and on the spot.


Do I have an 'O, Captain! My Captain!' complex?  Of course, don't you?

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Creative Writing Courses and Ideas: An Online Resource for Writers

Creative Writing Courses and Ideas: An Online Resource for Writers | English Language Arts Resources | Scoop.it
Here are hundreds of writing ideas, along with free tips and worksheets for writers. You can also sign up for our free online creative writing courses.
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Great English Langauge Arts learning resource.   Lots to explore here!

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Gordon Lightfoot - Canadian Railroad Trilogy (Lyrics ) - YouTube

Gordon Lightfoot "Canadian Railroad Trilogy" From the Album - The Way I Feel. 1967 Lyrics: There was a time in this fair land when the railroad did not run W...
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Studying storytelling as an art.   How do societies transmit information?  What is the most effective way to have stories passed along from generation to generation?   Why, through minstrels and poets of course!

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Animal Farm Analysis

Animal Farm analysis of literary devices by PhD students from Stanford, Harvard, Berkeley

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Cal Telfer's curator insight, January 6, 2013 8:19 AM

The old reliable - enjoy the insight and ideas, do not adopt the tone and language!